One of the top three builders in the UK has attempted to bring together Steve McQueen’s legacy with a dash of Porsche Gulf from the Le Mans endurance racing through a motorcycle build. And this magnificent Moto Guzzi V7 by Moto Strada does not shy a bit to reflect the same. Steve McQueen, who was known as the ‘King of Cool’, embarked his acting career in theatre in 1952. He went onto the top of the world to star in iconic movies like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ in the 70s and of course the legendary, ‘The Great Escape’ which showcased his passion for motorcycles. And that is when he thought and decided to use his stardom to bring his project driven by passion to the big screen, Le Mans, a film about the 24-hour car endurance race. The motorhead not only starred but bought the Porsche 917, Porsche 908 and the Ferrari 512 race cars which were used in this auto-racing film, although his dream of racing in Le Mans did not get fulfilled due to his movie commitments and film backers did not support.
Drawing inspiration from the life story of this motorcycle-mad actor, Moto Strada planned for a build based on the inevitable lifelong link between Steve McQueen and his love and passion for motorcycles. And because Moto Strada has been dealing Moto Guzzi for over 10 years now, using the same to pay homage to Steve McQueen was pretty obvious. This Moto Guzzi by Moto Strada which sports an air-cooled 90 degree V-Twin engine, it all started with the front which got a re sculptured fender, scrambler handle bars, a rebuilt front wheel with 17 / 3.5 rim fitted with scrambler tyres. In the middle, a pair of alloy side panel kit got Heuer’ imprinted on them as the motorhead was a sponsored ambassador of the same and wore a Monaco 1133B Caliber Automatic in the Le Mans film. The black leather seat was quilted and stitched in orange and blue color, to match the scrambler style handle bar pads and fork covers. At the rear, this Moto Guzzi V7 by Moto Strada got a handmade wide bore exhaust system, Bitubo suspension, alloy foot pegs, racer style foot peg hangers and a tidy Moto Strada styled tail. And for the paint scheme, the headlamp rim, clock rims, cylinder head and barrels were ceramic coated in satin black and the rest of the body was painted in Porsche Gulf racing colors.